Save Southbank Skatepark

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Earlier this week the Guardian, in conjunction with Zadie Smith, launched a photography competition to find an image that captures the meaning of urban life in London today. The picture that accompanied the story was of Southbank Skatepark. In many ways that picture captures what is wonderful about the vibrancy of urban living today. And also its sadness, because the iconic skatepark faces closure as part of plans to upgrade facilities on the Southbank. This Saturday, to coincide with Yoko Ono’s weekend of activism, and as protests against the commodification of parks in Istanbul still dominate the news, a peaceful gathering  is planned on the site, which will bring together not just those who use the space now, but artists from every cultural sphere whose lives and works it has touched.

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When I logged into my email this morning to find that the poem I wrote about this…

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